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A free, online Policy Lates event exploring challenges and opportunities for students as they transition between stages of education.

This event will take place from 18:30 BST, finishing at 20:30.

For those who choose to move from secondary to tertiary education, and from there to a post-graduate role to start a career, the change can be significant, with long-term implications. Greater understanding is needed of the challenges people making these choices face, alongside development and measurement of inclusive support programmes, to make moving to the next stage in their education or career fair, positive and secure. 

Our panel will discuss challenges and support opportunities for students and graduates as they experience these transitional steps, and different career paths.

Our discussion will sit on the backdrop of a changing context for education and careers in the midst of the current pandemic, so we will also seek to consider what individuals can do to manage their wellbeing and resilience, alongside their future opportunities.  


  • Dr Philip Young FRSB, associate professor, life sciences, University of Warwick - panel chair
  • Dr Katharine Hubbard, reader in biology education, University of Hull
  • Daniele Acquisto AMRSB, associate scientist, GSK
  • Professor Rory Duncan, director for talent and skills, UKRI

Policy Lates format

All are welcome to attend this online edition of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. This online event will begin with an introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our panellists, with time for audience questions and panel discussion.

Further resources

For resources, materials and helpful links related to the topic of this event, please see the 'further resources' list on the Policy Lates webpage.This list was collated with the help of the Policy Lates Working Group of supporting organisations listed below.


This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page, and the meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees in advance.

Social media

If you would like to share your experience of this event on social media, feel free to tag us @RoyalSocBio on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #PolicyLates


This online event will be recorded, and screenshots may be taken. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. You will be unable to turn on your camera and microphone for the duration of the meeting. Audience questions will be taken from the Zoom Q&A function.


For all enquiries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.